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Our worst fears and a lack of editorial judgement: The week in quotes

“This has, unsurprisingly, caused considerable offence.”

IT WAS a week when Sean Fitzpatrick was found not guilty on providing unlawful financial assistance.

A rift in the coalition opened up over water charges, and a cartoon caused offence to the priesthood.

All that, and more, it’s the week in quotes:

Anglo Case. Pictured Former Chairman o Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

I would also like to especially thank the women and the men of the jury who found me not guilty of all charges.

Former CEO and Chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Sean FitzPatrick after being found not guilty on all ten charges he faced on providing unlawful financial assistance to bank customers to buy shares in the bank in 2008.

File Photo ONE of the whistleblowers in the Garda penalty points controversy has lost his High Court claim that he should not have been subject to disciplinary proceedings arising from his attendance, while off-duty, at district court proceedings in Cavan Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

I have recently been approached by a number of serving members of An Garda Síochána who have made serious allegations in relation to malpractice and corruption.

Garda whisteblower John Wilson revealed that more serving members of the force may come forward with new revelations.


The support has been overwhelming, from bystanders around the country who had their weekend’s stroll disturbed by 50 mad swimmers to the Mammies baking buns for us as we shivered on the bus travelling from county to county – the atmosphere was electric and a true testament to Pádraig and his spirit.

Aodhán Ó Deá spoke after fifty friends of Pádraig Schaler, a 23-year-old in a coma after being knocked off his bike during his J1 last year, completed charities swims in 23 counties in 50 hours to raise funds for Padraig’s treatment.

New Health Insurance Systems Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

There is likely to be increased trade in energy, not just with Britain, but right across Europe.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore raised the possibility that while the Midlands wind turbine project has been shelved, Ireland could still revisit the possibility of exporting energy in future.

released The National Conc Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

There are six national parks in Ireland. They are exceptional places. They are owned by the people. They are held in trust by those living today for future generations. This will not change. There are no plans whatsoever to sell these parks.

Minister Jimmy Deenihan dismissed reports that there were plans to sell some of Ireland’s national parks.

GPS Warn Against HSE Draft Contracts Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

This research confirms our worst fears and highlights the lack of planning and thought that has gone into the government’s plans.

Dr Ray Walley, Chairman of the GP Committee of the IMO, voiced his fears that ffree GP care for children under under-six could ‘overwhelm’ surgeries.

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I take very little notice of opportunist hypocrites of which you are the leader.

Enda Kenny pulled no punches when speaking to Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin.

Catholic Church Masses Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

This has, unsurprisingly, caused considerable offence and we regret and apologise for the hurt caused by the cartoon whose use in that form, we acknowledge, reflected a regrettable editorial lapse.

The Irish Times apologised for a cartoon that Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (pictured) said caused hurt to many priests.

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